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Kindness opens our heart

Kindness towards others and kindness towards ourselves is often overlooked. We get caught up in the fast pace which stresses us out losing our mindfulness and focus on kindness. Living in the past and future […]

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Just play the music

Charlie “Bird” Parker, the great jazz alto sax player and philosopher, once said, “don’t be afraid, just play the music.” This is so timely and profound. Worry, doubt, and suspicion hold us back from playing […]

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Practice feeling kindness and compassion

Being alone with our minds for over a year has driven us crazy, unless we are monastics. We are not used to it. Yet, Covid isolation can catalyze awareness, no longer being pulled by our […]

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Compassion is an attitude of living

Compassion is an attitude of living. We can train and practice compassion whenever we remember. When we see someone limping, take in their hip or leg pain as you breathe in. As you breathe out, […]

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The coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is low-hanging fruit to practice compassion. There are millions, if not billions of people around the world suffering on my levels. For those who’ve died, breathe in their pain and breathe out […]

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Live more simply

Now that we have rested our body, rested our mind, and are resting in awareness, what is left to do? Not much left to do except practice, practice, and practice. Generally, we overdo. We do […]

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Whenever some problem arises

Whenever some problem arises (and when do they not!), remember to practice ‘tonlen’ – taking and giving. Think about other people and animals experiencing some similar problems. Silently take away their suffering, and give them […]

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Samsaric life

When you’re hot, you are hot. When you’re not, you’re not. And that’s o.k. In fact, that is samsaric life. Recognizing the state of our mind on a regular basis is the foundation for dharma […]